Mission and Purpose
The Division of Inspections and Code Enforcement is responsible for the administration of the Code of the City of East Orange that establish minimum standards governing the maintenance, appearance, conditions, and occupancy of residential and non-residential premises.
- CERTIFICATE OF CONFORMITY
Before a property is sold, a Certificate of Conformity (C of C) is required (Section 159-50) that indicates the property complies with and conforms to the Code. The Code holds both the seller and buyer accountable for securing a Certificate of Conformity.
- CERTIFICATE OF HABITABILITY
Before an apartment is rented, a Certificate of Habitability (C of H) is required (Chapter 159-45, 159-49). The owner is responsible for obtaining the C of H and the tenant is required to sign it upon moving in.
Any citizen, whether a property owner, tenant or neighbor, can report a violation or suspected violations, to the Department of Property Maintenance for inspection. In fact, the reporting of violations by citizens is an essential tool for Property Maintenance to fulfill its mission.
Following inspections, Property Maintenance issues a Notice of Code Violations to the responsible party, who is most often the owner. The Notice lists all observed violations and allows an appropriate amount of time for the responsible party to correct the violations.
When violations are not corrected within the time allocated on a Notice, a summons to appear in Court is issued against the responsible party (or parties). Violations are punishable by fines not less than $100 or a maximum fine not to exceed $2,000 for each offense.
- PROPERTY SUPERINTENDENTS
In every dwelling containing four or more dwellings or rooming units, or combination thereof, the owner shall provide and designate a superintendent who shall be licensed and registered. Each license and registration must be renewed annually. In any premises containing 25 or more dwelling units, rooming units or combination thereof, the superintendent must be a full-time employee and shall reside on the premises.
All applications must be submitted in person to the Department of Property Maintenance, 44 City Hall Plaza, 3rd floor, East Orange, NJ 07018. Any associated fees must be made payable to the City of East Orange by certified check or money order.
NO CASH ACCEPTED.